Mori Seiki NH4000 NTE and customer in close collaboration
Mori Seiki NH4000, 15,000 RPM, oil mist front/grease rear lubrication, stator driven
Our customer indicated to us that this horizontal machining center spindle had experienced a crash. This global leader in the manufacturing of firearms has a large population of this machine model. They work closely with us in maintaining these spindles, sharing information and providing OEM parts which we are unfortunately prohibited from obtaining directly.
As is so often the case, the oil mist lubricated front bearing set was contaminated with a thick brown sludge. We noted that the tooling taper and coolant plunger assemblies had been damaged in the crash. We assumed that this was also true of the tool gripper fingers (collet), as they were not present in the spindle incoming. Our customer did however provide a new set of OEM grippers and Bellevilles. We have found that unlike the majority of makes and models we rebuild, this particular Mori Seiki spindle model requires a set of OEM Bellevilles to supply the correct tool retention force. Our full dimensional evaluation of the bearing journals, shoulders, and housing bores did not reveal any other significant deviations.
We performed a kiss grind of the tooling taper ID and face, and rebuilt the spindle with new ceramic hybrid bearings, o-rings and assembly screws. We used the customer-supplied OEM parts to rebuild the drawbar assembly. Our customer has a practice of replacing the OEM coolant plunger assemblies themselves after the spindle is returned to them. Before we had completed the final test run, break-in and final QC, our customer had already shipped us another spindle for disassembly, evaluation, quoting and rebuild.